The Universal Declaration of Human Rights marks aspirational goals for all peoples and all nations. As such, it is a task for all to ensure that each person’s individual and society’s collective human rights are being respected.
In the United States, as in many other countries, a critical ally in the joint effort of defending human rights is civil society. The work of civil society in critical issues such as women’s empowerment, civic participation, youth engagement, freedom of expression, and the rights of LGBT persons is crucial to expanding government efforts. We hope that as more governments appreciate the benefits of working with civil society, fewer will try to restrict their activities. After all, it is the unhindered exchange of ideas spurred by civil society that promotes the innovation that societies need to grow. Controlling information, however, cripples the lasting beneficial effects of the free flow of opinions and voices. Transparency and investigation in response to civil society concerns is an important part in ensuring human rights are respected and are an inherent part of a democratic system of checks and balances.
The Universal Declaration states that human rights are inherent and inalienable; they are to be respected by all and for all equally. Likewise, they cannot be taken away without consequences.
I hope we can continue working towards the common standard of defending and enforcing human rights, not only for ourselves, but for all in Nicaragua and in the world.
- If you would like to read the full Universal Declaration of Human Rights, you can follow this link: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/